Turning 26 and a Brief Blogging Break

Hey guys! So I just turned 26 this past weekend. To celebrate, I spent five days with family and friends at my cottage in Michigan and it was glorious (aside from political drama - I can't wait for this election to be over). I have so much I want to share with you on...

The Do’s and Don’ts of Coachella

This year I headed to Coachella for the first time. As it was my first Coachella, I did some things right, and quite a few things wrong. I wanted to highlight my top ten tips that will improve your Coachella experience immensely. Or I mean, at least prevent a...

Does Snapchat Ruin the Moment?

A few months ago, I was riding a wild-maned horse down a black sand trail in Iceland. The sun was shining, the sky blue for the first time in days. All of a sudden, my horse bolted. As she careened and bucked, I gripped the reins and tried not to get thrown off. When...

On Living and Traveling with Anxiety

Confession – I can’t remember a time when I lived without anxiety. It’s my constant companion, my heaviest cross to bear. Anxiety is a nightmare because you can’t escape it; it’s a problem that exists within your own mind. No matter how far you go, it’s always with...

Iceland via Instagram

Hey guys, I'm back from my five-day trip to Iceland! And before I bombard you with a deluge of posts, I wanted to share my Instagram photos.  In short, Iceland fascinated me. The people were kind, artistic, and quirky, and very proud of their Viking heritage....

Running Bay to Breakers, San Francisco’s Wackiest Race

This year I decided to finally run Bay to Breakers. I had watched the race from the sidelines in high school, but had never attempted running the course. It was time. Bay to Breakers is a 12K race in San Francisco known for its wacky costumes and public nudity....

21 Outstanding Food & Travel Memoirs to Read This Summer

Ever since I was a kid, I've had my nose in a book. I remember the summer I turned nine my school had a summer reading challenge and the goal was to read 10 books. I read 78. (Neeeerd.) And while I read lots of genres, nothing enthralls me like a good memoir. Summer...

Should I Do a Yoga Retreat in Bali or India?

I receive several emails a week about doing yoga retreats abroad. The most common question is, "Should I do a yoga retreat in Bali or India?" For background, in 2013 I did a three-week DIY budget yoga retreat in Ubud, Bali, and in 2014 I completed a 200-hour Yoga...

How to Style Wavy or Curly Hair While Traveling

Traveling with wavy or curly hair can definitely present a challenge. While straight-haired girls can travel with nary a hair brush, us wavy or curly-haired girls have to put in more work, especially in humid climates. That being said, it is totally possible to...

Hey! I'm Ashley. I'm a wine drinker, bookworm, and expat in Africa. Since college I've au paired in Paris, backpacked Europe, Asia, and Africa for a year, lived in Colorado and expatriated to Uganda. Read more on my About Me page.

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